God’s goal is not to make sure you’re happy. Life is not about your being comfortable, happy, successful and pain free. It is about becoming the man God has called you to be. Life is not about you. It’s about God. He doesn’t exist to make us happy. We exist to bring Him glory.   

-Chuck Swindoll


I have never served in the U.S. Armed Forces but I am informed enough to know there is a certain code of honor to be followed when you join up.  First of all you are no longer your own—you are now the property (if you will) of whatever branch you have selected, or has selected you (in the case of a draft).  And secondly, there is a certain set of principles and an order of living that you are now expected to adhere to. 

Despite much of today’s popular teaching and current line of thinking—the same type of thing that goes for tatooed Jarheads with a propensity to cuss a fair amount goes for those of us who would identify ourselves as the followers of Jesus.  We are no longer our own and we are now called to a different way of living than the life we once lived.  You could say we are no longer civilians—we now have become soldiers.

Our place in the family of God couldn’t be more secure.  That’s never the issue.  There’s not one single act or a series of a million deeds we could do to secure our place in the family of God.  Jesus has completed that mission.    However, what is always an issue is whether we are living a life of ease, selfishness, and conformity to the world—or, are we living in such a way that the pulse of our lives is to glorify God?  I’m guessing, and I am going out on a limb—that we could all use some improvement.  I’ll speak for myself in confessing that I am not only challenged by Swindoll’s short but stinging commentary—but his words are an occasion for me to pause for contemplation and a healthy kind of introspection. 

Paul had this to say himself:

 1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.     (Ephesians 4:1-3, ESV)

Only you can really answer Paul’s question for yourself, I can’t, your husband can’t, your boss can’t—not even your pastor can.

Are you walking in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called?